One of the greatest benefits of living in San Antonio is the variety of “things” to see and do. In fact, there are so many San Antonio attractions and events on any given weekend that it can seem overwhelming to choose just one. In this series, all pressure is off! Ten fun things to do in San Antonio will be chosen each week to make researching for the next Friday celebration, date night, or family outing a little more simple.
- 1. Enjoy the Dog Days of Summer
Summer is almost over and the days are long and lazy and hot! San Antonio Botanical Garden is hosting a dog-friendly weekend for you and your canine friend! Beat the heat with the many pools of water that will be set up around the garden for your pup to cool off. Enjoy the beauty of the gardens with your dog and meet other furry friends along the way! If participating in Dog Days, please make sure your pet is on a leash and bring a $5 donation to help benefit local animal charities.
When: August 6-7, all day
Where: San Antonio Botanical Garden (555 Funston Place)
- 2. Challenge Your Canoe Skills
Get ready for an incredible River Walk tradition that’s been around since 1969! The Ford Canoe Challenge allows you to test your canoe skills as you paddle down a ¼ mile course on the San Antonio River! This particular event offers you the only time that the city allows people to canoe in the downtown portion of the River Walk. While you may not choose to register for the event, you can still come and watch as a spectator! Registered participants are also invited to enter a costume contest! Get creative with your theme and think outside the box. Watch out for tipping canoes this Saturday!
When: August 6 @7AM-11AM
Where: Downtown portion of the River Walk
- 3. Drink Rosé All Day
Make the most of your last few summer days by heading over to Becker Vineyards for an afternoon tasting session of some of the most delightful rosé wines. You’ll be guided through a blind tasting my some of the experts at the vineyard, allowing you to distinguish the differences in the flavors presented. It’s the perfect lazy afternoon that allows you to savor the weekend…and the wine! Get a ticket in advance for this event to ensure your session time.
When: August 6 @1PM or 3 PM
Where: Becker Vineyards (464 Becker Farms Road)
- 4. See A New Play
Playhouse San Antonio is currently performing their closing performance of the 2015-2016 season. Come and see the play, “Two Sisters and a Piano” this weekend. The play is set in Cuba, right after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The sisters are imprisoned in their home, simply for speaking out about the politics of the country. This play is rich, full of politics, history, and music. The actors of Playhouse San Antonio do not disappoint in this amazing performance!
When: Friday and Saturday @8PM; Sunday @3PM
Where: Cellar Theatre, Playhouse San Antonio (800 W Ashby Place)
- 5. Let the Laughs Out
San Antonio will be laughing this weekend with not just one, but two outstanding comedians! Bill Maher is a hilarious stand-up comedian who mainly focuses his comedy on politics. And boy does he have a lot to talk about on this tour! Prepare to fall out of your seats during this lively show! If Maher isn’t on your list of favorite comedians, come see Darren Carter do stand up! Carter has performed on The Tonight Show and is frequented on Comedy Central. He is sure to give a laugh out loud performance that audience members will love!
Bill: August 6 @8PM
Darren: August 5 or 6 @8PM
Bill: The Majestic Theatre (224 E Houston St.)
Darren: River Center Comedy Club (849 East Commerce)
- 6. Soak Up Summer
Head over to Sea World one last time as summer comes to a close! The park has a new featured event: The Soak Party. This party is happening all weekend long and has live music performances, summer giveaways (you could even win a car!), and brand new splash zones that promise to cool you down in the 100-degree temperatures. The Soak Party is a great way to close out summer and if you purchase a ticket to Sea World, of course you can still attend all of their summer shows and ride their amazing rides. Wear a swimsuit for this one! Splash zones are guaranteed to be effective!
When: All weekend through August 14
Where: Sea World (10500 Sea World Drive)
- 7. Find A New Flavor
Lick Honest Ice Creams is a fun, flavorful ice cream shop located in the trendy Pearl Brewery area of San Antonio. Make a trip down to beat the heat of summer and experience a new flavor. The shop has their everyday flavors like Hill Country Vanilla, Caramel Salt Lick, and Texas Sheet Cake; however, they currently have their seasonal summer flavors, and they are to die for. Get a scoop of Lemonade Poundcake or Blushing Blueberry and you won’t regret it.
When: Weekdays: 11:30AM-11:00PM; Saturday: 10:30AM-11:00PM
Where: 312 Pearl Parkway, Building 2, Suite 2101
- 8. Take A Kidcation
This Saturday kicks off the fabulous Kidcation Week, the one week where San Antonio transforms itself into a playground for kids during their last moments of summer. Come out to Yanaguana Gardens in Southtown for the opening party of the week. There will be activities, games, face painting, music, food, and drinks! It’s a great activity for the whole family. Later that night you can make your way over to Hemisfair Plaza for a free outdoor movie! Get ready for this day of fun that preludes the week to follow!
When: August 6 @9AM
Where: Yanaguana Gardens (434 S. Alamo St.)
- 9. See “New Work”
San Antonio native Charlie Kitchen is cooking up a new exhibit in photography that you won’t want to miss. The photographer focuses on unique, visually appealing landscape imagery with a small twist. He uses part analog and part digital in his process of taking pictures and consequently gives viewers a dazzling piece of art to enjoy. Aesthetically pleasing but highly distinctive, this is an art show that will make you think, ponder, and perhaps even get inspired!
When: August 7 @11AM-5PM
Where: Southwest School of Art- Navarro Campus (1201 Navarro St.)
- 10. Be the Change
Whether you’re looking for community service hours, or you just want to help change and grow the city, the Roots of Change organization has the perfect opportunity to get you involved. Their community garden organization allows the people of San Antonio to get involved and help plant crops, herbs, and flowers to beautify the city and increase resources. Join forces with this amazing group and work toward the goal of increasing organic plants in the city! This workday will help with garden maintenance, building, planning, and even harvesting. At the end of the day, you get to take home the harvest!
When: August 6 @1PM
Where: Root of Change Urban Garden Co-OP (1416 E. Commerce St.)